Vegan Divas: New vegan bakery in NYC! »
If you recall, a few months ago I went to Vegan Divas dessert tasting and had a lovely time. Well guess what? They opened a bakery! Yes, the Upper East Side just got a vegan bakery. Yay richies! Get your vegan on.
They invited me to the opening, promising free desserts and champagne—do they understand me or what? Hint: they understand me. My absolute favorite thing was the baby chocolate cupcakes pictured above. Aren’t they darling (that’s Upper East Side talk!)? And very good. I actually would say their chocolate stuff is their best stuff. It’s always a nice, rich, semi-sweet chocolate that’s not too sugary. Love it. I also like the funny “sand cookies” that are pictured behind the cupcakes. They are funny and I’m not sure everyone would like them. I love them—they are a bit salty, that’s my favorite: salty+sweet.
These donuts are good as well. But all their donuts are baked, not fried, so we’re not talking Ronald’s. Good though. Of course I recommend the chocolate! It’s not surprising their donuts are the baked kind, the whole place is very health-conscious. For those calorie counters, you’ll be excited to find that all the items on the menu include the calorie count next to them—and everything is pretty low. All the ingredients are natural and everything is kosher too. So everybody can eat this stuff! And the prices aren’t bad in my opinion, especially considering the quality of the ingredients.
They don’t just have dessert, they will also be having quiche. I haven’t sampled it yet but I love quiche so I’m excited! And they have juices—see? Healthy stuff! I didn’t try the juice because I didn’t want it to interfere with my champagne intake, but I’m sure it’s good. If you like juice! And it came in cute little glasses. Baby glasses!
Oh the other thing I tried were the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies! They were party favors so I had them at home. I actually had two for breakfast this morning! Yeah, I’m all about health too. The cookies are nice and soft; I don’t like crunchy chocolate chip cookies so that’s perfect for me. They also had oatmeal raisin cookies but I’m allergic to cookies with raisins in them. Ok I’m not exactly allergic but still, raisins better stay away from my cookies.
All in all, a great bakery, especially for the health-conscious set. I’m glad we have another bakery in the city! For you non-NYCers, you can order lots of their products on their site. Bon Appétit! That’s more Upper East Side talk. I’m basically bilingual. Trilingual if you include Philadelphian.
Homemade vegan rainbow Oreos! »
Look at those beauties! From Short and Sweets blog. They’re just brimming with pride! If there’s one thing I like, it’s desserts that are proud of their homosexuality.
And please, nobody make the red dye is from beetles comment. There is plenty of red dye that is not made from bugs. Look it the hell up.
Gluten-free vegan peanut-butter cookies! They look so good! And a “friend”* on Facebook says they’re yummy! Insider tip: consider leaving out the salt! Bam, you’re so ready to make those cookies!
Om nom nom I want them.
*A nice person who was in my writing group for about 3 months 3 years ago. Reliable source, I swear!
The vegan Sarah Brown Cookie! Celebrating the Sarah Browns in the world! »
There’s a good chance you know at least three individuals named Sarah Brown. From the character in Guys and Dolls, to that woman who writes for Vogue, and the Sarah Brown at your work, home, school, gym, or friendly neighborhood juice/lesbian bar, it’s clear: We’re everywhere!
Despite knowing this, I am still, somehow, always surprised to discover another Sarah Brown in the world. We pop out in the least expected places! Prior to shopping at Erewhon yesterday, I didn’t know that there is a Sarah Brown who played Carly on ABC’s General Hospital. This Sarah Brown, who has celiac disease, was so beloved that she provided the inspiration for these gluten-free VEGAN
boobie cookies made by Eat Me Cookies. Can you believe it?!
They tasted delicious, as any Sarah Brown gluten-free vegan cookie should. So far, they’re available in stores throughout Los Angeles, and online. Get yours now, and maybe share them with the Sarah Brown(s) in your life!
Still with the Christmas cookies? Still with the Christmas cookies! These are my mom’s famous nutballs! Veganized! She puts red sprinkles for the vegan ones because she hearts me. As you can see above, we made these once again this year and my mom was like, “did we give your vegansaurs the recipe yet?” And I was like, “I think we did!” Low and behold, flashback to 2009 and you will find it. It’s my dear grandma’s recipe and they are my favorite cookies ever. No one will fault you if you decide to make them now, though the big day has passed. Because they are the greatest cookies ever! And you get to say, “nutballs!”
Chocolate Bottom Macaroon Cookies from Isa Chandra over at Post Punk Kitchen! I was just discussing macaroons with a friend the other day because macarons came up and I was lamenting the similar sounding names. Macaroons and macarons are totally different. Macaroons are the coconut clustery ones and macarons are those French meringue sandwich cookie things. They are nothing alike but they basically have the same name! CONFUSING!
I think instead of “macarons,” they should be called “technicolored mini-hamburger cookies.” I think the French will really like that.
The Vegansaurus holiday gingerbread collection! »
You guys, I love gingerbread. I love it more than chocolate, even. (Less than lemon or peanut butter, though I’m not a monster.) Partly because it reminds me of childhood baking with my ma, partly because it reminds me of the best technically religious holiday of the year, CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS HOORAY, and partly because it is delicious and people who don’t like it worry me, on principle.
Have you made gingerbread yet this season? I am eating a gingerbread tyrannosaurus while typing this post! It’s delicious! I’d show you a photo, but it’s tragically ugly and I’m ashamed. I used our friend/super-famous vegan genius Isa’s recipe that she wrote three years ago!
If you haven’t made your own gingerbread cookies, get on it. Or better yet, houses! I made gingerbread houses seven years ago with three adorable children, and it was so fun. Our Megan Rascal made vegan gingerbread houses with her family two years ago, remember how awesome they looked?
Last year we saw gingerbread Daleks from Johnson Cameraface! Super-geeky, super-awesome!
Last year we also saw these crazy raw, gluten-free gingerbread people from d.i. wine and dine!
Finally, VegNews just posted this recipe for gingerbread from Ben Adams of Sticky Fingers Bakery!
So many options for gingerbread! Which are you going to make? May I suggest ALL OF THEM? It’s gingerbread time, everyone! Merry happy!
Beer koozies are out, queso koozies are in. Plus, everyone loves cookies! The last minute vegan gift guide. »
Crystal and Chris Tate, the geniuses behind Food for Lovers vegan queso (you’ve had it right? It’s available at Whole Foods throughout this country!) have teamed up with etsy artists to bring you…
Koozies for your queso! Or…
a chili ornament! Or… a Texas state ornament!
Since I know you are buying one of these for me, I prefer the koozie [Ed. note: I thought it was “cozy,” because, like, now your queso will be cozy! Which is it?! Is this an east coast/west coast thing?]. How else will my queso keep warm in the chilly city of San Francisco?
If you want one of these precious “Don’t Mess With Texas" handcrafted gifts, you have to act fast. They are only available for two more days! For $20 (shipping included) you get a jar of queso, a piece of handmade artistry and a card with a personalized message for the recipient (no one has to know it’s you, buying and receiving said gift. Hey! You gotta do you).
Fat Bottom Bakery, based out of Oakland, is also offering a special holiday gift for you! Fifteen dollars will get you an assortment of a dozen delicious cookies! How do they do it? So many flavors: sweet snickerdoodles, festive spiced molasses, ginger-glazed cranberry, AND shortbread swirls with chocolate ganche. Send them to me. I will enjoy them thoroughly. Or get them for the office party! Or the family thing, then don’t tell anyone they’re vegan and watch everyone chow down! (Or eat them alone while watching netflix, whatever!)
So many cookies! This is truly a winter wonderland!
Again, $15 a dozen, which you can pick up at their bakery; or for $20, they will deliver these delectable items to you! Within Berkeley or Oakland, of course. What do you think this day and age is? A time in which we can teleport ourselves over the Bay Bridge? (I hope that time is soon)
Confetti Cookies from Namely Marly! These are dang fun. I want to throw them at people! Celebration-like!